Spring in the Country

Spring in the Country by Grant Wood

Title: Spring in the Country
Date: 1941
Movement: Regionalism
Artist: Grant Wood
1891 – 1942

Grant DeVoison Wood was best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest. He enrolled in the Handicraft Guild (now a prominent artist collective) in 1910. Between 1922 and 1928 Wood travelled to Europe to study impressionism and post-impressionism. He died from pancreatic cancer just before his 51st birthday.

Painted in oil on cardboard Spring in the Country is a genre painting of the regionalist style. Finished in the summer of 1941, along with Spring in the Town images of peaceful productivity supported the national myth as America entered WW2 and became iconic is illustrating the patriotic ethic of ‘what are we fighting for?’

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